Volume 19, Number 2

September 2002


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INSIDE

Programs in Brief:
The John Howard Society of Medicine Hat


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FEATURE ARTICLE
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Private Prisons

Privatization refers to the transfer of traditional responsibilities from the public sector to the private sector. Historically, all prisons were private endeavours which gradually came under the control of government. During the last two decades, a renewed interest has led governments around the world to reconsider the usefulness of private prisons, the result being the rapid re-emergence of private prisons in the United States, Australia and Britain. Ontario opened the first private prison in Canada in 2001.

It is our understanding that privatization of correctional